On January 13, the Departments of Commerce and State released a Notice of Inquiry in the Federal Register to seek public opinion on Category XII of the United States Munitions List (USML) and proposed changes to the Commerce Control List Category VI. The Optical Society (OSA) encourages you to take the time to review this comprehensive document and evaluate the impact on your business. Comments are currently being accepted via the Federal register (State and Commerce) and the deadline to submit yours is 14 March 2017.
You will recall that in October of 2016, the final rule on USML and CCL were released and went into effect on December 31, 2016. It is important to note that this is a revision to those rules. The NOI is a pre-approved policy meaning that if not enough persuasive comments are received, the rules will stand as is.
Read OSA’s press release.
Again, we strongly encourage you to review the NOI and analyze the impact on your current and future business.